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31 august, 2016

The girl on the Train ****

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“It’s ridiculous, when I think about it. How did I find myself here? I wonder where it started, my decline; I wonder at what point I could have halted it. Where did I take the wrong turn?”

With this book, Paula Hawkins succeeded in writhing a debut novel that will keep you suspended from beginning to end. And with a debut like this, I expect many great reading experiences from her in the future.

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. (Goodreads).

On her daily train ride Rachel passes her old neighborhood and her previous home. Further down the street lives the couple Rachel fantasies about. Their perfect life, their perfect marriage, their perfect love –  so different from Rachel’s own experiences. But as w all know, everybody has their secrets – and a lot can be hidden beneath the surface.

The story unfolds through the eyes of three women: Rachel, Anna ans Megan – each one with their own hidden agenda and each one a suspect as the story progresses. Lies, manipulations and infidelity ties these three women together in a highly addictive tale. The characters are complex and flawed, especially Rachel with her depression and alcohol related problems giving her frequent black outs – has she just witnessed a murder, or is it just a fiction of her imagination?

The book is a bit slow in the beginning, but soon you will find yourself enthralled in a haunting, psychological thriller, where everybody is a suspect and you are kept guessing til the very end.

The book has been made in to a movie, premiering later this year.

 

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